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This is the story of Benedict and Hamboluhle (aka Ben & Hambo!), who met through work (apparently he interviewed her)…! Following a memorable and WOW-factor-ful proposal at the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, they ended up celebrating tying the knot with a Victoria and Albert Hotel wedding in Manchester.

Wedding Day Vision

Benedict tells us that the vision was, quite simply, Hambo’s! That meant simple, classy-looking, as informal as possible, and with lots of fun for all. From these photos it is quite plain that the brief was more than met…!African wedding Manchester African wedding Manchester Victoria and Albert hotel wedding

The Dress!

Hambo’s stunning wedding dress came from the Bridal Path in Altrincham. This was after a NATIONWIDE search, which included taking in London, Birmingham and Essex as well as exhausting all the bridal stores in Manchester. Well done to the Bridal Path! Sometimes the best places are on our doorstep.African wedding Manchester

The Wedding Kilts!

As for Benedict, he also got kitted out locally, at Freedmans in Stockport. Benedict tells us that they were the only place around Manchester that could source his family tartan. 

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The Wedding Party!

We are reassured that everyone was well behaved, and the Best Man was a constant source of reassurance. Aww.wedding kiltsAfrican wedding Manchester

Colour Scheme and Decor

The couple went for blush pink which was reflected in the dresses worn by the bridal party, the flower wall in the reception, and centre pieces on the tables. Some glamorous guests also bought into the colour scheme too with their outfit choice!

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Hambo’s sister provided a huge support to the couple. She worked hard in dressing the tables, organising the florist and creating beautiful lighting, with candlelight providing a romantic glow for the reception. Wish we could all have a sister like that!Victoria and Albert hotel wedding

Good Lookin’

Benedict tells us that Mr Beardmore‘s Barber Shop in Manchester sorted his hair and beard “right out.” The make up artist and hair stylist that Hambo used remains a top secret. What can we say, they both looked wonderful!

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The Photography

The photographer at this Victoria and Albert Hotel wedding was the talented Peter Buncombe. The couple are understandably delighted with their pictures. Peter is based in Cambridge although travels all over to capture couple’s big day’s!

The First Dance

With such a melange of rich cultures, we were naturally intrigued as to Ben & Hambo’s first dance choice. The couple chose Adorn by Miguel. They both love the song and it resonated with the vow that they made in St Ann’s Church, to ‘love, honour and obey’. Apparently ‘obey’ originates in Greek, meaning to attach yourself lovingly to your husband or wife. The chorus to their chosen song, Adorn, had a similar feeling to that lesson. We LOVE this!


In their words: “We had loads!” They did!! Here are some highlights! They had a Celeigh provided by family friends…And some traditional Zulu dancers…

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Also modern dancers and a DJ…african dancingThat was alongside their entrance dance, which was a real highlight!!

Wedding Transport

Oh, and to add some extra shine to the day, they arrived in style courtesy of a Rolls Royce Phantom supplied by Aces Car Hire in Manchester.

The wedding FOOD!

Forkandles Event Catering came out trumps with a variety of foods that met many different tastes, cultural and religious requirements. We hear that Tara was fantastic, that the food was great, and the service friendly and informal. Exactly what this couple wanted.

Wedding Stationery

The couple found their wedding stationery in a variety of places. They went online for their save the dates and used Paperless Post. They kept their wedding Post Box more local and found it at One Stop Parties in Northenden.

The Most Memorable Bits!

The day was clearly action packed. Ben and Hambo tell us that their entrance dance (a surprise for the groom so he could not back out!) and first dance are their most memorable highlights.  African wedding dance

Advice for Future Couples Planning their Wedding…

There are a few:

  • Be organised!
  • Try to take on the smaller details that can be time consuming and stressful,
  • Good food, drink and music are key!
  • Keep some perspective! People are there to celebrate with you after all.

On that note, we leave you with a delightfully happy bride. This is how it should be.

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A special thank you to the happy couple for allowing us to share their incredible  Victoria and Albert Hotel wedding.


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